Dam the water: Competitors go full speed at Echo Triathlon
July 17, 2012
Pedal 24.9 miles. Run 6.2 miles. Swim 1,500 meters.
That brief description would be a couch potato’s nightmare, but it could also be construed as a welcome challenge. The 11th annual TriUtah Echo Triathlon returned to Summit County last weekend as hundreds of competitors tested their moxie in the fourth of seven TriUtah events this summer.
According to http://www.triutah.com , the Echo Triathlon, which featured both sprint and Olympic formats, took competitors head-to-head with the best competition in the region and has become one of Utah’s largest events.
Ali Black of Salt Lake City won the women’s Olympic portion of the event, finishing in 2:15.25, five minutes ahead of second-place Kathryn Throolin, also of Salt Lake City. Park City’s Lesley Rockwood came in third with a time of 2:22.34.
Rockwood, who is a second-grade teacher at Trailside Elementary School and was participating in her third Echo Triathlon, said of the three summertime triathlons she competes in, this was the easiest.
"Because it’s a flat run and the bike course is easy when you’re going uphill," she explained. "Once you hit the turnaround and you’re riding your bike downhill, it goes really, really fast."
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Having started competing in triathlons six years ago, Rockwood said this was a unique race in that the water-level at Echo Reservoir was quite a bit more shallow than in years past.
"It was good," she said. "It was a perfect morning and the weather held out, which is great. But the dam is very low, so I was a little concerned about that, but it turned out just fine. I was passing people swimming who were standing in the water waist-deep."
BJ Christenson, a Beehive State triathlon and marathon star, won the men’s Olympic portion of the Echo Triathlon, finishing with a final time of 1:59.27. Park City’s Sebe Ziesler came in second behind Christenson with a time of 2:04.38.
In the sprint segment of the triathlon, which featured 12.4 miles of biking, 3.1 miles of running and 750 meters of swimming, Amanda Meredith-Dunlop of Salt Lake City won the women’s race with a time of 1:16.20. Park City’s Amanda Margulies finished third (1:19.35) and Parkite Lyndsay Shand (1:24.32) finished fifth.
Zachary Meinzer of Cedar Hills won the men’s sprint race with a time of 1:07.24. Park City’s Ken Chahine finished seventh with a time of 1:16.16.
For more results of Saturday’s Echo Triathlon, please see the scoreboard page on page B-6.